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Police: Man with guns sought balcony near MLB All-Star Game

 

David Zalubowski, Associated Press

A vehicle stands in the loading zone outside the Maven Hotel Sunday, July 11, 2021, in lower downtown Denver. Authorities say four people have been arrested on drug and weapons charges after a "report of a suspicious occurrence" at the downtown Denver hotel that is close to several events planned in conjunction with the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Denver police say officers responding to a tip searched two rooms at the Maven Hotel a block from Coors Field on Friday night.

DENVER - A man described by authorities as the leader of a group of four people arrested with more than a dozen weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at a Denver hotel near events planned for the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game asked to extend his stay and requested another room with a balcony, according to arrest documents released Monday.

The request by Ricardo Rodriquez coupled with the discovery of weapons and tactical gear on Friday concerned police because of the "propensity for mass casualty incidents in scenarios such as the above where many people are gathered together in a small area for a single event," one of the documents said. However, the documents did not contain any evidence that they were planning violence against people participating in All-Star Game events.

On Sunday, the FBI said it had no reason to believe the arrests were connected to terrorism or that there was a threat against the game. However, police Chief Paul Pazen said the same day that police still needed to investigate why they were in the hotel. Police declined to comment on the investigation Monday beyond providing the arrest documents.

https://www.startribune.com/police-man-with-guns-sought-balcony-near-mlb-all-star-game/600077411/

 

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